Alaska-based soldier dies of combat injuries

Posted: Monday, October 27, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A soldier from Fort Wainwright has died of combat injuries received in Iraq.

The military identified the soldier as Pfc. Cody J. Eggleston. The 21-year-old soldier from Eugene, Ore., was wounded during a mortar attack in Baquba 10 days ago. He died Friday at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland.

Eggleston joined the Army in July 2007. He is the second fatality in the attack on Oct. 16. Pfc. Heath Pickard of Texas died the same day as the attack.

Eggleston was an infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright.

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